Andrea (Drea) Hall comes to Community Renewal Society with over ten years of organizing experience in the city of Chicago and a track record of building teams and coalitions for racial and economic justice, most recently as a senior manager at the Chicago Public Schools within the Office of Family and Community Engagement. Drea has always had a passion for working with people, especially those who she can help empower to help themselves and lead. Within the Organizing program at CRS, she will focus on the key issues of Violence Reduction, Rights and Opportunities and Police Accountability.
Growing up in the city of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Drea experienced homelessness off and on (she lived in a shelter for the majority of her freshman year of high school). While homelessness and instability affected her greatly, she always knew that she wanted to continue her schooling and better herself, her family and the community. Education was her key to success. After graduating from high school, Drea graduated with her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin in Whitewater and a master's degree in social work from Washington University.
As Senior Organizer working on reentry and criminal justice reform for The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Drea successfully advocated for housing for those coming home from prison and impacted policy that opened doors for men and women at the Chicago Housing Authority. Additionally, she worked for Le Tendre Education Fund, and was an organizer with SEIU healthcare. Drea is strategic, collaborative, relational and committed to equipping our congregations to organize for racial and economic justice.